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    The Landlady

    She also owns the Bull and Gate, and enjoys stuffing dead 'pets', as she claims, "I stuff all my little pets myself when they pass away". Roald Dahl builds up the atmosphere of the story by setting the scene in a normal way but slowly increasing the tension level. Nearer to the beginning of the middle of the story, Roald releases some of Billy's thoughts about what he thinks about the Bull and Gate, "Beer and Darts in the evenings and lot's of people to talk to".

    • Word count: 570
  2. Miss Trunchbull One of the ways that Roald Dahl creates the character Miss Trunchbull is by her clothes

    He calls Miss Trunchbull's clothes "extremely odd." This tells you that the clothes she wore were very different to other ladies. The smock shows that she isn't a tidy and calm lady, but she is a rough and un-tidy lady.

    • Word count: 250
  3. Lamb to the slaughter

    She loved the intent, far look in his eyes when they rested on her, the funny shape of the mouth, and especially the way he remained silent about his tiredness". The story escalates with the audience led to believe that Mr. Malone is leaving his wife and it leaves Mary shocked and extremely upset. The next part of the story shows Mary in a completely different context. After she kills her husband with a frozen leg of lamb she immediately starts creating her alibi.

    • Word count: 800
  4. "The Landlady"

    Dahl used the opening of the door as a hint also. He explained that the woman debouched the door open, which would foreshadow that she was abnormal. The woman also had cheap rent at her bed and breakfast. This would draw potential customers in for her awkward service. With these details, he already made the reader believe the woman and the place were creepy. Next, Dahl moved onto the entry and bedroom setting to give hints to the events to come. The bed had a hot water bottle in it.

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  5. A Comparison of Two Murder Mysteries The Speckled Band by Arthur Conan And A Lamb to the Slaughter by Road Dahl.

    In the end of the Speckled band Sherlock Holmes discovers who was the murderer was, which was Dr Roylotts and what was use to kill Julia which was the snake and in the end of A lamb to the slaughter the police investigate the crime but instead they eat the only evidence which was the leg of lamb. The detective Sherlock Holmes is a much more experienced and important character than Jack Noonan and O Malley, it shows how experienced and experienced Sherlock Holmes is with Watson remarking " In glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in

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  6. Compare the main characters from Lamb to the Slaughter and The Tell Tale Heart.

    I think that she was obsessed with every detail about her life with this man. She almost lived a life of servitude. She loved to luxuriate in his presence. We know Mary Malony is obsessed with her unknowing victim, Mr. Malony, because at the very beginning of the story, she sets everything up so perfectly and so precisely. We know this because in the story it says "Now and again she would glance up at the clock, but without anxiety, merely to please herself with the thought that each minute gone by made it nearer the time when he would come."

    • Word count: 714
  7. Compare the murderers and their crimes, with attention to their description, in 'The Tell Tale Heart' by Edgar Allan Poe and 'Lamb to the Slaughter' by Roald Dahl.

    He then admits his crime to the officers as he thinks they can hear the noise and are mocking him. The story is told in 1st person narrative, from the murderers viewpoint which gives us a deeper insight into his mind and actions giving us a better understanding of his character. The atmosphere given in the story is tense, this is created by the murderer repeating himself a lot, which leaves us waiting anxiously for the next point, "Slowly - very, very slowly," this also leads us to believe he's insane, as normal people do not repeat themselves this much.

    • Word count: 941
  8. Comparison of 'Lamb to the slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band'.

    Lamb to the Slaughter was written by Roald Dahl. It was first published in 1954. Lamb to the Slaughter has use of present day modern language so automatically gives the impression that it is written in present day modern and now. Roald Dahl was most famous for writing children stories but he did also write some books for adults like the tales of the unexpected which lamb to the slaughter featured in. Roald Dahl always writes about ordinary people who some how get involved with difficult problems with a dense solution in his adult stories.

    • Word count: 606
  9. A Detailed Comparison Of two Murder mysteries "Lamb to the Slaughter" by R.Dahl and "The Speckled Band" by A.Doyle.

    The horror was set in the Victorian era when Jack the Ripper was the main topic of conversation and fear amongst the public. At that time there were a large number of crimes taking place in the country and the police force had just been introduced, But they were no help to the community mostly because of their lack of experience. Sherlock Holmes on the other hand was an experienced man in solving crimes, and being a detective was his hobby. At the time in which this short story was written it was one of the first detective fiction stories.

    • Word count: 757
  10. Discuss the presentation of gender and power explored in the short story, Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl.

    She lets her husband push her around and she doesn't even realise he's doing it, because she only ever wants to make happy. Patrick Maloney is the husband of Mary Maloney and the dominant one in their relationship. In the text he is represented as a stereotypical ungrateful, grumpy husband. Also in the text the Maloney's would be classified as an upper class family but even though this is so, Patrick Maloney still works full time as a Senior Policeman.

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  11. Captain Murderer By Charles Dickens

    He gets to know her well and pretends to love her. He had his teeth filed then had the marriage quickly with the local vicar, they got married instantly. Captain Murderer had garnished flowers on each side. The polite soon will be wife of Captain Murderer said "What are those flowers called they smell nice" "They are called Garnish for House Lamb," he replied He made her have private pastry lessons so she could make perfect pastry with a golden crisp. As she was making one of her amazing pastry she asked, "What kind of pie is this" "It's a meat pie" he replied "But where's the meat" She looked back at him.

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  12. In "Lamb to the Slaughter," Roald Dahl effectively develops the protagonist, MaryMaloney both directly and indirectly.

    was curiously tranquil." (Dahl 10) The following quote expresses her as a calm and serene person by how tranquil her actions was, and how she was physically and mentally through her day-to-day life. Mary Maloney awaits happily each night for the arrival of her husband, Patrick home from work, now and then she would she would glance at the clock, without anxiety merely to please herself with the thought that each minute gone by made it nearer to the time he would come.

    • Word count: 845
  13. Stone Cold.

    Laughing Boy Two turned up on my very doorstep! I had stalked that piece of excrement for weeks, ever since him and his pathetic Ginger mate laughed in my face. Scum like that need to be taught a lesson and I certainly taught copper-knob a lesson he would never forget. When I saw Laughing Boy Two standing on within reach I couldn't believe my luck. By golly, my plan was finally working. I did what I always do -bumble, dither, make a fuss of Sappho.

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  14. Oral presentation - "Both Mrs. Maloney (Lamb to the slaughter) and Roylott (The speckled band) are clever about the way they hide the evidence of their crimes. Why does Mrs. Maloney get away with it while Roylott doesn't?"

    Why does Mrs. Maloney get away with it while Roylott doesn't?" During our discussion we covered the following areas: ? Social, cultural and historical background ? Characters and relationships ? Motives and weapons ? Detectives and their methods ? Conclusion We discussed social, historical and cultural background as we felt this was very relevant to the question in that Mrs. Maloney was treated kindly by the police and was not found to be the murderer because of her social status and also because she was a women.

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  15. Write a comparison of 'the speckled bank' and 'lamb to the slaughter' concentrating on how they are effective murder mystery stories.

    The policeman (the victim) owned a car "she heard the tyres on the gravel outside and the car door slamming". The dialogue was also different to The Speckled Bank using words such as "Hullo" implying the modern way of abbreviating and shortening sentences. In The Speckled Bank sentences tend to be a lot more elaborate. In both stories a murder is committed and both stories contrast in style a great deal. The Speckled Bank is more of a typical murder story. Dr Grimesby Roylott is a textbook murderer. He has a nasty temper which has already seen him in prison.

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  16. This essay is a comparison of two short stories 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' by highlighting the techniques that make it classic or not a classic crime novel.

    The detectives are not very professional as they are all persuaded to consume alcohol while on duty. Unlike Holmes they do not click how the murder was devised even when it is right under their noses. Sherlock uses clues such as the milk saucer, the poison and the whistle to come up with the theory of a snakebite killing Julia Stoner. The detectives in 'Lamb to the Slaughter' had many clues such as when Mrs Maloney is speaking to Sam the grocer: 'I got a nice leg of lamb from the freezer.' It does not occur to the detectives that the leg of lamb is a club shape suitable for causing the blow to the head and being frozen will be as hard as steel.

    • Word count: 987
  17. Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band comparative essay.

    the killer got away with the crime whereas with the speckled band it is a mystery you are left to unravel by your self. There is still a certain aspect of wander to lamb to the Slaughter we know the woman killed her husband because of something he said we are left to think what could he has said to make her do something so drastic also we wander wither she will get away with the murder.

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  18. Paying close attention to the author's use of language, compare and contrast at least three elements in the short stories "The Speckled Band" by Arthur Conan Doyle and "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl

    It is in first person narrative and told as seen through the eyes of Dr Watson, Sherlock Holmes's accomplice. Lamb to the Slaughter is told in third person narrative. Both stories contain complex and detailed words and sentences they have different target audiences. The Speckled Band is more serious than Lamb to the Slaughter and is aimed adults whereas Lamb to the Slaughter creates a humorous approach to murder which broadens its audience to teenagers and adults. The motive of the two stories, are also different. Lamb to the Slaughter shows a humorous approach to murder whereas The Speckled Band creates tension and atmosphere.

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  19. Lamb To The Slaughter & The Speckled Band.

    They describe Dr Roylott by using words that relate to animals and words that describe big and old, for example huge man, large face, wrinkles, evil passion and bile-shot eyes. On the other hand they describe Mary Maloney as a quite women for example "Her skin for this was her sixth month with child had acquired a wonderful translucent quality, the mouth was soft." Mary Maloney's behavior was very different from Dr Roylott's as the way they describe Mary Maloney as she is a normal house wife who doesn't work and wouldn't hurt a fly.

    • Word count: 789
  20. In this essay, I am going to compare and contrast the two murderers, Sir Grimesby Roylott in 'The Speckled Band' with Mary Maloney from 'The Lamb To The Slaughter'.

    It is not however, for the best reason. He is a doctor, a profession that carries respect and trust. He would also be well educated and calculated to carry out most tasks for his patients in this caring profession. Maloney differs on the other hand; she is a housewife who just keeps a clean house whilst her husband goes out to work. She is further presented as a serene, loving wife, who is six months pregnant. She loves her husband and follows whatever he has to say. She enjoyed a good life as we gather from the text: 'For her, this was a blissful time of day'.

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  21. Sherlock Holmes & The Speckled Band / Lamb To The Slaughter.

    Holmes. It is terror." At this point, the events have not been explained - this character (Miss Stoner) describing how she is feeling inceases the tension, as the readers do not yet know the full situation; only that they should be scared of whatever it is. The use of the word "terror" helps to emphasise the point - 'fear' may not be strong enough, but following it with 'terror' helps to reinforce the situation to the reader. "You must not fear...we shall soon set matters right." As Sherlock Holmes says this, it may cast a doubt over the reader's mind - if a character issues a statement proclaiming that things will turn out well, there is a concept that the opposite may happen instead.

    • Word count: 940
  22. Compare and contrast The Signalman and A Lamb To The Slaughter

    After Mary kills her husband she goes to the local shop to create herself an alibi. This is very quick thinking and it makes us wonder if anyone will notice that anything is wrong. The story is opened using words such as 'warm' and 'clean' and the atmosphere seams very homely. "The room was warm and clean, the curtains drawn, the two table lamps alight - hers and the one by the empty chair opposite. On the sideboard behind her, two tall glasses, soda water, whisky.

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  23. Both lamb to the slaughter by Roald Dahl and the speckled band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are books of the murder mystery genre.

    In the opening of lamb to the slaughter, we are introduced to the criminal, Mary Maloney. This is not typical of a murder mystery book. She is portrayed in a sympathetic manner, we know exactly what she does, and more importantly, why. The detectives investigate the murder but they are ineffectual so the murderer is not caught and the crime remains unpunished. The speckled band is much more like a typical murder mystery story. We are initially introduced to the detective, Sherlock Holmes, the famous detective. He learns about the mystery, which probably involves a crime, which he is asked to solve.

    • Word count: 887
  24. 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger'

    The poet seems to want to explore the breadth of creation in the two poems. In 'The Lamb' questions are asked in the first verse. 'Dost thou know who made thee?' is asked and the answer is provided in the second verse; the verse starts 'I'll tell thee'. Of course the answer was that God made the lamb. These are the questions of a child and of course the answer is obvious before reading the second verse. The poem is likening Jesus Christ to the lamb and suggesting it is understandable that God made the lamb because 'He calls himself a lamb'.

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  25. In my essay I will be comparing the two short stories 'Lamb to the Slaughter' by Roald Dahl and 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens.

    They don't seem to have many similarities. The theme to The Signalman is that of a man describing his experience of meeting a Signalman being haunted by a ghost. This ghost seemed to be warning him of hid death. It involves the two main characters, the narrator and the signalman. The Signalman described by the narrator, 'His attitude was one of such expectation and watchfulness' The narrator is not described throughout the story. The theme to Lamb to the slaughter is that of a husband and his wife.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Discuss the difference between The Withered Arm and Lamb to the Slaughter.

    "To conclude this essay revenge takes place all the time and will continue to take place for years to come and it doesn't make any difference which century it happened in or if it is for good or bad. People will take revenge for things that happen to them, or their friends or family."

  • In this essay I will be comparing and contrasting the stories of the Vendetta and The lamb to the slaughter. These two stories are about revenge. I will compare and contrast the way revenge is presented in both stories

    "The revenge I preferred was Mary's. The crime was so perfect and I admire her intelligence and acting skills. In my opinion the Widow was to cold blooded whereas I can understand Mary's motives more. I loved the way Mary acted around the police, even convincing them to eat the murder weapon whilst they were supposed to be searching for it."

  • Compare and contrast the two short stories "The Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, and "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl.

    "Dahl and Conan-Doyle have engineered the two stories well, but in my opinion, Dahls story, 'Lamb to the Slaughter', is the better of the two, for two main reasons. Firstly, Dahl has written this story specifically to go against the traditional detective story, making the setting, plot and characters untypical. Secondly, I particularly like the way in which Dahls characters develop as the story goes on. Mary Maloney goes from loving housewife and potential victim to possible psychopathic murderer. Patrick Maloney develops from potential psychopathic murderer to dead victim, and the detectives... well the detectives are pretty dim to begin with anyway. While Dahl's characters are flexible, Conan-Doyle's stay rigid and static. Dr Roylott stays violent, Helen Stoner stays terrified, and Holmes stays as vigilant and observant as ever. The main ingredient of a detective story is that the villain is caught and justice is achieved. This happens in 'The Speckled Band', with the poetic justice of Dr Roylott's death, but in 'Lamb to the Slaughter' it doesn't, and the villain gets off "scot-free". Even if they had found her out, they wouldn't have any evidence. The main ingredient is missing in 'Lamb to the Slaughter', but even so, that doesn't make the story any worse."

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